The Secret Power of Bamboo

Phyllostachys aurea, Tetragonoclamus angulatus, Phyllostachys nigra f. punctuata, Phyllostaches bamb. violascens, Phyllostachys nigra f. 'Boryana', Phyllostachys viridis 'Sulphurea', Phyllostachys bambusoides. (Illustration Photo by Wetterwald M.F.)

Phyllostachys aurea, Tetragonoclamus angulatus, Phyllostachys nigra f. punctuata, Phyllostaches bamb. violascens, Phyllostachys nigra f. 'Boryana', Phyllostachys viridis 'Sulphurea', Phyllostachys bambusoides. (Illustration Photo by Wetterwald M.F.)

Thomas Edison successfully used  filament carbonized derived from bamboo, in the first trial with the incandescent lamp (bulb). The bulb is still lit and placed in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.  A lot of bamboo uses, among others: more than 5000 books use paper made from bamboo, building, diesel fuel, water filter, musical instruments, medicines, food and first phonograph needle-made by  Alexander Graham Bell.

Live survivor…

In the midst of death and destruction, bamboo is a living thing that survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima (ground-zero of Hiroshima).

Grow with strength and speed …

With superior strength that resembles a mild steel (resistance load up to 52 000 Pounds each pressure / psi). By comparison of weight and strength, the bamboo is one of the strongest plant on earth. Bamboo has more than 1500 species growing in various areas ranging from 0 up to altitude of 12,000 feet above sea level. Grow throughout the world except in polar regions. Bamboo is the fastest-growing plants: it is about 2 inches every one hour. Some bamboo species grow even one and a half feet per day.

BAMBOO protect the environment and air …

Bamboo is a plant protector damage the fastest-growing soil, releasing 35% more oxygen than other plant species. Some species of bamboo, each hectare, and even absorb up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air. Bamboo can also lower the light intensity and protects against ultra-violet rays. The traditional belief that in a forest grove of bamboo is a favorite place of Buddha, and we can feel calm emotions back and stimulates creativity.

Soil erosion control …

Its roots in the soil can make the soil is not eroded. Strong, flexible trunk can hold the rate of water or mud if there is raging water.

Save the forest …

Bamboo is one of the strong building material. Bamboo has a tensile strength 28 000 pounds per square inch, the difference with mild steel has a tensile strength of only 23 000 pounds per square inch. Tropical area is possible area to plant bamboo create a “grow your own house.” The point is, an empty  land designated for housing, first planted bamboo trees. If you have large, cut down and used as building materials such housing. In Costa Rica, 1000 houses were built of bamboo every year, just with material derived from the 60 hectare bamboo plantation. If a house requires wood, then it could be replaced with bamboo, so we can save tropical forests

Renewable resources …

Bamboo is a quickly a renewable resource  . Maybe in the future we will not know anymore the term “plywood” plywood that is made of wood, but we will be introduced to “ply boo” that is made from bamboo plywood (such gedhek but with the process of making and better results). Now the bamboo has been widely used for wall paneling and floor tiles, bamboo pulp for paper (not a paper pulp or pulp); briquettes / bamboo charcoal briquettes for fuel, raw materials for housing construction. There are more than 1500 species of bamboo on earth. This diversity makes bamboo can be very adaptable to many environments. Able to harvested in 3-5 years when compared with wood that can be harvested in 10-20 years. Bamboo will live even with high rainfall levels between 30-250 inches per year.

Housing… …
Bamboo industry has provided revenue to more than 2.2 billion people around the world. With the return rate on investment income of approximately 3-5 years, it is faster than the rattan industry that have a return rate on investment income of approximately 8-10 years. Government of India and China, have developed policies that focus attention on factors of economic development and natural protection can be achieved through the 15 million hectares of bamboo forest reserves. In Limon, Costa Rica, only the houses made of bamboo (the results from the National Bamboo Project) surviving an earthquake in 1992. Flexible and lightweight, bamboo is a characteristic that allows the structure of the house survived the earthquake.

Food…

Bamboo shoots provide nutrition for millions of people around the world. In Japan, bamboo is an antioxidant skin that able prevent bacterial growth, and are used as natural food preservatives. Bamboo also used as animal feed and fish food. In Taiwan itself, it takes 80,000 tons of bamboo shoots annually, and generate revenues $ 50 million. Bamboo leaves are usually used as fodder. Young bamboo leaves are a favorite food for elephants and the Panda.Bamboo leaves (D. Strictus) per 100 mg contains:

crude protein, 15.9;

crude fiber, 23.15;

ether extract, 1.43;

ash,  3.18;

phosphorus,  170

1550 mg of calcium.

Herbal Medicines…

Bamboo has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese herbal medicines. Tabasheer, powder in bamboo tubes, used internally to treat asthma, coughs and can be used as an aphrodisiac. In China, materials from the roots of the black bamboo help treat kidney disease. Roots and leaves can also be used to treat venereal disease and cancer. Sap used to reduce fever, and ash / charcoal will cure prickly heat.

Bamboo is exquisite component of landscape design / layout….

Make a cool environment, wind breaker, noise pollution resistance, beauty and aesthetics. Bamboo Forest is an ecological system that can purify water and break down waste through aerobic rhizosphere (the organisms that live in the system of roots).

Culture and Arts …

Bamboo is a mystical plant: a symbol of strength, flexibility, persistence, and patience. In Asia, bamboo has for centuries embodied in religious ceremonies, art, music, and everyday life. Bamboo can be found in writing on paper, use a brush, and an inspiration for poetry and painting. Some historical records in BC were written on green bamboo lane.

Bamboo has the right and deserves to be called “magic plant”.
copied from http://www.bamboocentral.org/

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